2020-2021 Schedule

Meeting 1 – Tuesday, September 8, 4:00 – 5:30 PM (Zoom): We will be reading and discussing selections from Mapping Migration, Identity and Space (eds. Linhard & Parsons, 2019) and The Migration Industry in Asia (ed. Baas, 2020).

2018 – 2019 Schedule

Meeting 1 – Friday, September 21, 4:30 – 6:30pm (Tisch 1014): Graduate student paper workshop with Dalen Butler, “Out of the Archive and into the Fire: “Gipsies” in the Age of Revivals and Anthropology.”

Meeting 2 – Thursday, October 4, 1 – 3pm (Tisch 1014): Join us in conversation with three Nicaraguan activists in discussing the historical origins of the crisis in Nicaragua, movement actors and demands, and the current state of human rights in Nicaragua. This event is a collaboration between student organizations and RIWs at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.

Meeting 3 – Tuesday, November 13, 5 – 7pm (Tisch 1014): Against the New Nativism: Teach-In on Migration. Dinner starts at 5pm, panel begins at 5:30pm.
The U.S. government is currently checking off items on the wish list of a new nativist movement–from an entry ban on people from majority-Muslim countries to mass arrests and deportations, from major reductions in refugee admissions to new rules designed to restrict working people’s access to legal status. These rapid changes to immigration policy reflect a long history of efforts, in the United States and around the world, to constrain the movement of people across borders. As elected officials and news outlets cite nativist “think-tanks” and proclaim an immigration “crisis,” this teach-in is an opportunity to participate in a conversation about what is happening locally and globally and how people are organizing in response.
Sponsored by
Migration & Displacement Interdisciplinary WorkshopGlobal Solidarity After Colonialism RIW, & TriContinental Solidarity Network

Meeting 4 – Friday, February 22, 4pm (Angell Hall 3222): “Border Lamentations”, Lecture by Angela Naimou, Associate Professor of English at Clemson University. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Critical Contemporary Studies RIW, and brings together poetry and migration studies.

Meeting 5 – Saturday, March 16 5 – 8pm. This year again the RIW co-sponsors Migrant Stories III alongside the Tricontinental Solidarity Network and the Global Solidarity after Colonialism RIW. The Migrant Stories series offers a venue for people of color to discuss their personal experiences navigating white supremacy, colonialism, and patriarchy in the twenty-first century. We also see this as a chance for members of our intellectual community to reflect together on the tensions between their personal experiences and the epistemological limits of their academic disciplines. Past performers have focused on autobiographical writing, but we are open to anything that broadly addresses the themes outlined above. Musical performances are also welcome.

Meeting 6 – Tuesday, April 2 5:30 – 7:30pm (Haven Hall 2723): We are hosting Paige Newhouse and Maggie Carlton, PhD students in History, for two consecutive paper workshops that bring together migration as it relates to Europe and the United States respectively.

Meeting 7 – Wednesday, April 17 4 – 5:30pm (Tisch 1014): “Going Public” roundtable with Professor Kira Thurman and Luis Trelles. Join us as a scholar and journalist discuss how to reach multiple audiences and circulate ideas in a variety of formats and finding points of connection in work that frequently centers the stories of migration and community-building in diaspora.

2017 – 2018 Schedule

Meeting 1 – Friday, September 15, 3-5pm (Haven Hall 2713): Introductions, workshop goals, and finalizing semester schedule

Meeting 2 – Friday, October 27, 4-6pm (Institute for the Humanities Common Room): Discussion with Prof. Pamela Ballinger and workshop of student writing for popular outlets

Meeting 3 – Friday, December 13, 3-5pm (Haven Hall 2713): Collective planning for Winter 2018 and open writing time with chance for peer feedback

Meeting 4 Friday, February 16, 3-5pm (Institute for the Humanities Common Room, 202 S. Thayer St.): We will meet to discuss two texts (below) that center questions of photography and visual representation in relation to labor, citizenship, empire, and displacement. One goal of this discussion will be to help develop some ways of conceptualizing and framing the importance of visual self-representations and state representations for the purposes of developing supplementary materials and a discussion framework for the events around Germán Andino’s upcoming visit. We will explain more about those events and ask for those who want to participate in the planning and preparation to sign up for various roles. We do not expect this to be a major commitment, but it will take some additional work outside of our meetings.
– Ariella Azoulay, “Introduction,” in Civil Contract of Photography
– “The Photos We Don’t Get to See: Sovereignties, Archives, and the 1928 Massacre of Banana Workers in Colombia,” in Making the Empire Work: Labor and United States Imperialism, edited by Daniel E. Bender and Jana K. Lipman (New York: New York University Press, 2015), pp. 104-136.

Meeting 5 – Friday, March 9, 3-5pm (location TBD): We will work to put together materials and finalize plans for the Andino exhibit and workshop on March 19.

Meeting 6 – Friday, March 16, 3:30-5pm (Clark Library Presentation Space, 2nd Floor, Hatcher Library South): We will meet with Visualization Librarian, Justin Joque, and Digital Scholarship Librarian, Alix Keener, to learn about digitized databases and visualization and mapping tools. The workshop will include a hands-on training with CARTO, an online mapping software that we have access to through UMich.

Meeting 7 (2017-18 Culminating Event) – Monday, March 19, 5:30-8:30pm (Tisch Hall 1014): The MDIW is collaborating with LACS to host a continuing education workshop for K-12 teachers. The workshop will take place within the context of a 2-week exhibition featuring large prints of Andino’s comic, El hábito de la mordaza, and supplementary materials designed to connect his work to larger trends in migration, displacement, and state regimes of restriction and violence.


Meeting 8 – Saturday, March 31, 5-8pm (Institute for Humanities Lobby, 202 S. Thayer St.): In collaboration with Transcontinental Solidarity Network, Making Sensory Ethnography, and several other groups, we will be gathering for a Migrant Stories, a night of performances featuring a keynote by Professor Ather Zia (University of Northern Colorado).


Meeting 9 (tentative) – Friday, April 13 (TBD): As a follow-up to our March 16 workshop, we will have a data visualization and mapping “office hours” during which we can bring in spreadsheets and other data sets we want to use in our own projects and work with them in tools that were covered during the initial training on March 16. We will gather afterwards with food provided by the workshop.

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